Jo Mayne Casey

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putting off the day (#8)

In Uncategorized on May 31, 2012 at 9:55 am

i rank with world-class procrastinators, using complex, deeply rooted avoidance techniques to build the tension required to finally get the job done at the verry last minute.  this morning i’ve merely been keeping my skills sharp, using simple techniques of reading, making a list of what i should Just Do, and reading some more…

i love my nook, especially for reading myself to sleep—it’s so much easier on my eyes.  i’ve always been a voracious reader, but since i’ve used the e-readers i can read twice as many books, as well as keep up with magazines.  (i no longer have to search through the ads in vanity fair to find the articles)

don’t you worry, though, that i’ve abandoned real books, the kind with spines and covers and presence on my bookshelf;  in fact, i’ve recently been on a book binge, buying used copies of poetry:  billy collins, mary oliver, wendell berry, t.s. eliot, walt whitman, frank o’hara, patti smith.  better world books, online, has a great selection and good service and i’m becoming a regular visitor.  i also picked up an old (not first edition) copy of Gone with the Wind at a rummage sale.  another sale netted me several books about lakota traditions and i bought an albion fellows bacon book at a library book sale.

i’ve got to get going…i can mark “blog” off my list now.   maybe i should start another list…then plan priorities over another cuppa coffee…  i’ll bet wendell berry’s poems will inspire me to get moving…

it’s just another day (#7)

In Uncategorized on May 30, 2012 at 9:54 pm

it’s all arranged:  i’ll have the New Piano delivered july 23…that works out great for me—gives me time to save a little cash.   cloudy, rainy, ordinary day…

greetings to my hairstylist, lynn lohoff, and thanks for perking up the commonplace…

hellppp…there’s a camera growing out of my head…

it rained today (#6) !!!

In Uncategorized on May 29, 2012 at 8:13 pm

i finished up mulching the veggie garden, planted jessica’s herb containers and a hot-pepper  container garden for me just before a nice, but too short, rain.  i don’t remember the last time it rained, but i know it’s been weeks.  i love the smell of the dust settling down…and of course the plants prefer God’s precipitation as opposed to the gardener’s.

how to take pictures of rain…i tried catching ripples in the birdbath and under the gutters, but finally decided on raindrops on hydrangeas…

sweatin’ the day (#5) away

In Uncategorized on May 28, 2012 at 9:09 pm

memorial day…we used to call it Decoration Day because we’d hit the cemetery circuit and spruce up the graves of our long-gone ancestors.  we didn’t do that this year.  instead, we’ve been out in the garden (see  i shopped for mark-downs at ronnies fruit stand and still have more to plant…

if i can’t get some pounds off with all this sweating it’s proof that there’s been a polar shift…or something.

a day (#4) with olivia…

In Uncategorized on May 27, 2012 at 9:59 pm

olivia visited today while her mom & dad went to a wedding…we played and played, went to the library, out to eat, then played some more.  by the time the jrs. reclaimed her she was getting her second wind while casey and i were worn out…


day 3–wherein i view a baby grand piano

In Uncategorized on May 26, 2012 at 10:07 pm

i did a lot of gardening early today whilst waiting for the wow-dude to come and fix my dvr box.  then we went out and checked out a baby grand that needs a good home…

if you know me at all, you know that i’ve always wanted a grand piano.  i would settle for a baby grand since that would actually fit in my home, but there is nothing finer than playing a grand piano.  it’s just…well, fulfilling?  anyway, friend debbie e.  called the other day with news that a baby grand was available for the right price.  it’s a 1933 stroud, inherited by the owner from her grandmother; however, she doesn’t really play.  they refurbished it about 20 years ago, but only tuned it 3 times since..!  it does sound a bit off, but another tuning would probably make a big difference.  i’m going to call the guy who restored it and recently tuned it and see what he thinks, but i’m pretty sure it’s going to be Mine…

82 days—day 2

In Uncategorized on May 25, 2012 at 7:34 am

i’m headed out to play at a funeral this morning, and thinking of my dad’s funeral nearly 15 years ago to the day (donna keeps track of the dates).  it’s a service that i am always honored to play, but this time it’s for the father of the organist with whom i job-shared all those years ago, so i’m doubly honored.  her dad was something like my dad,  always telling jokes—the ones he told (at church) were clean, unlike many of my dad’s dirty jokes.  he had suffered a lot these last few months and i recognize the look of both relief and loss on the faces of his loved ones.  There seems to be some family drama, too, so i feel right at home.  a soloist will sing “our father” in b-flat, which would have been fine except the music is for the organ and i don’t have time to learn the pedal-stuff…it will all be beautiful—

i’m taking my wire cutters and will drop by the mausoleum to put the memorial day decorations on mom&dad’s spot…thinking of them and of all the folks who are grieving today.  Peace to all of us, every one…

82 days…(day 1)

In Uncategorized on May 24, 2012 at 7:29 am

the last day of school year 2011-2012, happy in the sad-kind-of-way, is now history.  well done, it’s cooked.  i have closed up the office completely, putting away everything from computers to band-aids,  turned in my keys and walkie-talkie, said adios to my amigos and now i’m ready for the best part of my job:  82 days of sabbatical with which i can do Whatever I Want.

on this summer’s agenda:  we’ll be driving to nyc via appalachia for emma’s kindergarten graduation 6/13;  she’ll return with us for an exciting week before we all (jrs, too) drive down to walt disney world (the jose’s are flying) for a week.  by the time we return, it will be darn near the fourth of july, so i’m headed back to the track.  i’m going to have a relief-nurse for the track this year and won’t be so tied down by it;  with no church-job either, we’re going to take some shorter trips, still unscheduled.

otherwise, i’m Free—Free to be you and Me.

week-end wrap-up I

In Uncategorized on May 14, 2012 at 8:18 pm

what a very fun week-end we had with olivia’s birthday party on saturday, and mothers’ day sunday.  we threw in a little extra excitement when we formally joined concordia (where i began playing the organ 25 years ago).  after we’d stood up in front to say “I do, with the help of God” a couple of times, olivia asked “did we get married?”  well, sort of…

the birthday party was a big hit with all of the guests, but the birthday girl was just thrilled:

 4-years-old is such a great age and i’m so glad she lives nearby so i can enjoy her as often as i want…

olivia is 4!!!!

In Uncategorized on May 10, 2012 at 8:01 am

my middle grand-daughter, olivia mayne casey, turned four-years-old yesterday.   we’ll be having a party on saturday, but casey and i dropped in to give some hugs (and to check out her new swing-set).

from the moment we met, olivia has been a lively, happy-go-lucky child;  smart, pretty, and funny are some more of her many virtues.   enjoy, enjoy, little gal!  xoxoxo  (more pics on saturday)

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